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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While practically every country in the wine producing world grows it, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. As far as cellar potential, white Burgundy rivals the world’s other age-worthy whites like Riesling or botrytized Semillon. California is Chardonnay’s second most important home, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia and South America are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

Tasting Notes for Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a dry, white wine. When Chardonnay grapes are planted on cool sites, the resulting wine's flavors tend towards grapefruit, lemon zest, green apple, celery leaf and wet flint, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of melon, peach and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut and spice, while malolactic fermentation imparts a soft and creamy texture.

Perfect Food Pairings for Chardonnay

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with flaky white fish with herbs, scallops, turkey breast and soft cheeses. Richer Chardonnays marry well with lobster, crab, salmon, roasted chicken and creamy sauces.

Sommelier Secrets for Chardonnay

Since the 1980s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a similar bright and acid-driven style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy this lighter style.

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  • Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Mak Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Mak Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2005
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  • Tortoise Creek Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
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  • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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  • RockBare Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    RockBare Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Trevor Jones Virgin Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Trevor Jones Virgin Chardonnay 2005
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  • Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Chile
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  • Bodegas Nekeas Vega Sindoa Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Spain
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  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Chardonnay Arthur 2005 Front Label
    Domaine Drouhin Oregon Chardonnay Arthur 2005
    Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Peter Michael Mon Plaisir Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Peter Michael Mon Plaisir Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Chardonnay 2005
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  • Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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    Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Reserve Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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    Catena Alta Chardonnay 2005
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  • Martinelli Charles Ranch Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Martinelli Charles Ranch Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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    Hartford Court Four Hearts Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Ramey Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Ramey Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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    Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Ramey Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay (torn labels) 2005
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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